‘The one we can always count on’

Published 6:14 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

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The show committee of the Pike County Memorial Day Blowout took time out from the steer and heifer show on Saturday to recognize and honor Cattlewoman Tammy Powell who is the embodiment of agriculture in Pike County.

Claire Flowers said it would be difficult to share what Powell means to the Pike County agricultural community in particular and as a whole.

“Tammy means so much to all of us that it would be impossible to put it into words,” she said. “From her leadership in the Pike County 4-H program, with the Farm-City Committee and the Pike County Cattlewomen and her support of our Cattlemen, Tammy has been the one that we can always count on. We can never thank her enough for all she means to us, individually and collectively.”

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For nearly 30 years, Powell, as the Pike County Extension agent, was the face of 4-H leadership in Pike County and throughout the district. 

The Pike County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen Show Committee presented Powell with a packet filled with “Letters to Miss Tammy” from “her” 4-H members. The letters shared personal memories of the many good times as well as the challenges accepted and overcome through her leadership.

Ashley Johnson, Pike County Cattlewomen, said Powell’s influence has not been limited to the county’s youth.

“Tammy has done so much for so many and in all areas of agriculture,” she said. “It is amazing what she can do and what she does. She leads by example. Tammy motivates all of us to do more and inspires us to be more. Although we can never say ‘thank you’ enough, we just wanted to tell her how much we appreciate her, admire her and thank her for all she does in support of Pike County youth and for agriculture and all of us.”